About the Author


Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld

Dovid Rosenfeld, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, works both as a programmer for aish.com and as a responder for its Ask the Rabbi service. He also serves as a volunteer writer for Torah.org. He lives with his wife and family in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

ring of fate cover Rabbi Rosenfeld's son Zvi recently published his first book, The Ring of Fate, a riveting, fast-paced fantasy novel which is also completely kosher in both language and subject matter. It is available as both book and ebook. It is sold by Booklocker.com, as well as by Amazon.com and all the major on-line sellers.


Concubinage; Abraham’s Marriage to Hagar

There is one detail of the story of Abraham and Sarah which was never clear to me. Sarah was...

Not Seeing Each Other Before Wedding

How significant is the custom that the bride and groom not see each other seven days before their...

Overcoming the Temptation to Steal

I work in a small clothing store. Recently, I’ve become very tempted to steal a little of the...

Blessing on Niagara Falls

We’re planning a trip to Canada soon and we’ll be stopping at Niagara Falls. Is there a blessing...

Redemption of Firstborn Donkey

Why was the donkey the only non-kosher animal whose firstborn required... redemption?

Awaiting the Messiah

Is there any obligation to await the Messiah’s arrival or to do anything to bring him? Or is the...

Blessing on Chewing Gum

Do we recite a bracha on chewing gum, being that we never actually eat it?

Was Rahab a Prostitute?

Was Rahab, the woman in Jericho who hid the spies Joshua sent to the land, a prostitute or an...

Reciting Tehillim on Shabbat

I’ve heard that we should not say Tehillim (Psalms) on Shabbat. Is there any... issue with this?

Guilt Over Past Sins

I committed some sins when I was young and not yet religious which were very serious, and carry...

Was Shavuot Originally an Agricultural Holiday?

I am somewhat perplexed about the holiday of Shavuot. The Torah describes it as an agricultural...

Were Adam and Eve Jewish?

Would we consider Adam and Eve to have been Jewish?

Ascent to Jerusalem for the Three Festivals (Aliyah L’Regel)

When the Temple stood, all males had to appear before the Lord for the three festivals (Exodus...

Mincha and Ma’ariv Together; Earliest time for Ma’ariv

Our synagogue says Mincha shortly before sunset and Ma’ariv almost immediately after. I’m...

The Ceremony of Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal

Why were the tribes divided onto Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal? What was the purpose of this...

Working on Chol HaMoed

Am I allowed to work on Chol HaMo’ed? Because of the High Holidays and Sukkot, I am almost...

Children Punished for Sins of Parents

How do we understand verses such as Exodus 20:5 (in the Ten Commandments) that God punishes not...

Tefillin on Chol HaMo'ed

Do we wear Tefillin on Chol HaMo’ed (the intermediate days of the major... festivals)?

Separate Tablecloths for Meat and Milk

Is there such a thing as meat and milk tablecloths? Or can we just wash them in between use and...

Is the Oral Torah a Later Development?

My parents were both of the belief that only the Torah itself is sacred, and that the Talmud and...

Judaism and Snakes

I have always had the impression that snakes are inherently evil. I’m sure it’s an idea I picked...

Cup Used for Washing, Disposable Cups

I live in a location where it is impossible to buy Judaica, so I do a lot of improvising. What do...

Ahaziah’s Age When He Became King

How old was Ahaziah when he became king? II Kings (8:26) states he was 22, while II Chronicles...

Yearly Parsha (Torah Reading) Cycle

As we come to the end of the cycle of reading the Torah. I am curious as to when and who divided...

Why Do We Celebrate the Torah on Simchat Torah and Not Shavout?

Why do we complete the reading of the Torah and celebrate it on Simchat Torah and not on Shavuot...

How to Forgive Ourselves

I'm having difficulty coming to terms with a lot of my past life choices and mistakes. I'm so far behind where I feel I should be in life and blame myself for my poor choices which so set me back. What should I do about this?

Using Diapers (Nappies) on Shabbat

What are the relevant laws I need to know about diapering a baby on Shabbat? I do a lot of...

Zechariah 13:6 – Wounds Between Your Hands

How do Jews interpret Zechariah 13:6? “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between...

Aliyah Difficulties

We recently moved to Israel, fulfilling a life dream, but so many things have gone wrong since we arrived. I’m hoping the worst of our issues have been settled by now, but I’m bothered on a more fundamental level. Doesn’t God want us back? Why does He seem to purposely make things difficult when we are only trying to fulfill His will?

Heating up Food in a Non-Kosher Oven

Is there a way I can use the toaster oven at work to heat up food?

Special Places to Pray for Children, Zera Shimshon

My husband and I have been struggling to conceive for a few years now. We will be visiting Israel...

Jacob’s Incomplete Name Change

I noticed something very curious. Abraham’s name was changed from Abram to Abraham (Genesis 17:5)...

Being Conspicuously Jewish

Please help me understand why Jews continue to identify themselves publicly. With all the violence...

Mayim Acharonim – Washing Before Birkat HaMazon

I was reading that the Hassidic practice is to wash one’s hands at the end of a bread meal, before...

Studying History (Weekday and Shabbat)

I’ve heard that some classic Jewish sources write that the study of history is a waste of time and...

The Book of Jasher

Is the Book of Jasher a reliable work? Are the dates and information in it accurate? It looks...

Did Judaism Use to Practice Patrilineal Descent?

I just made a bet with a friend for a cup of coffee. He is asserting that Judaism used to be a...

Haftorah – Source for the Custom

What is the source of the custom to read from the Prophets on Shabbat and other occasions after...

Keturah’s Origins

Who was Abraham’s second wife Keturah? The Torah writes nothing about her background and origin –...

Descent From King David Today

Is there any way to research if you’re a descendant of King David? I feel I really relate to him...

Year and Date of Aaron’s Death

In what year did Aaron die? Numbers 33:38 writes explicitly that Aaron died in the 40th year in...

The Tabernacle’s Construction and the Shamir

When the Children of Israel constructed the Tabernacle, some of the tasks required doing very fine...

Carnivorous Animals

Why did God create the world that some animals are carnivorous – and hunt and kill other animals...

Is Seeing a Rainbow Good or Bad?

Is seeing a rainbow a good or a bad thing? On the one hand, it’s a majestic creation of God and a...

Jacob’s Possessions and Having it All

When Jacob first meets Esau after having spent years in Haran, he gives him a large gift of...

The Books of the Maccabees

I’ve been reading about the history of Hanukkah and found that a lot of the material comes from...

Psalms about Future Events

If King David authored Psalms, how is it that several of the Psalms talk about events which occurred long after David’s time, such as Psalm 137: “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and also cried as we remembered Zion”.

Man’s Past Powerful Drive for Idolatry

It’s clear from the Bible and our knowledge of ancient history that idolatry was rampant among primitive man all throughout the world. What did our ancestors see in it? Was it all just nonsense?

Glatt Kosher Meaning, “Treif”

I often see foods and establishments advertised as “glatt kosher.” I know what kosher is, but what...

King Solomon’s Non-Jewish Wives

If the Torah forbids intermarriage, how could King Solomon have married Pharaoh’s daughter and...

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